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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Don’t just cross your fingers and hope…get a plan! Good preparation is essential for surviving disasters of all types. Because so many emergency situations can happen without warning, the proper preparations need to be made far in advance. Think ahead. What will you need when disaster strikes, who will you need to contact, how will you avoid injury or even worse? Here are some important recommendations that you should discuss with all family members.

  • Contact your local emergency management team to learn about your community's warning signals and how you should respond to them.

  • Store all emergency contact numbers (fire, police, ambulance, etc.) in a place that all family members know.

  • Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number. Practice procedures with them periodically so they remember what to do when disasters happen.

  • Enroll in First Aid and CPR classes.

  • Pick two places to meet for emergencies: right outside you home in case of something such as a fire, and outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.

  • Make sure every family member knows the phone number of your out-of-neighborhood meeting place.

  • Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be your family contact…know the phone number.

  • Organize your important documents and put them in a fireproof container that is easily accessible.

  • Inventory and, ideally, videotape or photograph your valuables. Place the tape or photos in a safe deposit box or waterproof container.

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of the home and hallways near bedrooms. Check them each month and replace batteries when necessary.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and show everyone how to use it…check and recharge it according to manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Replace stored water every three months and stored foods every six months.


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